Berkeley Mews' creator calls it a dark humor comic series that exposes the seedy underbelly of everything wholesome and pure. "It takes fairy tales and Disney movies and fond remembrances of childhood and turns them into horrible nightmares - but, like, in a fun way," Ben Zaehringer told Bored Panda.

Ben took some art classes in high school and at the nearby community college, where he learned life-drawing and basic anatomy. "We were also taught to draw cars," he said. "Cars are the bane of every cartoonist, so I'm glad that I was forced to draw them early." Now, he's using these skills to unleash his creative mind, and people think he's doing a great job. He has about 200K followers on Instagram and Facebook, and this number is constantly growing.

More info: berkeleymews.com

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3 months ago

Practical.

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"I've been drawing comics for as long as I can remember," Ben said. "My mom's cousin, Steve Moore, is a cartoonist, so right away I thought of cartooning as a vocation. My first comics were all in the style of newspaper strips, like FoxTrot and Peanuts, only bad instead of good."

"My friend Kevin Garvey and I would make comic books every day after school, by folding two sheets of paper together and then filling them in with comics. Mine were mainly parodies of Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z, and Kevin's were these epic, super-funny space operas. When we were done, we'd show them to each other and to our friends. This was the best comics education I ever got. If you are an aspiring cartoonist, make a friend who draws comics (or make your friends draw comics)."

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. . . oh

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The creator of the series said that disappointment is the main theme in Berkeley Mews. "When I'm writing I ask myself, 'How can something fun be made disappointing?' Recurring motifs include: God, Santa, love, death, childhood, and 90s pop culture references. Life moves fast, so I try to only riff on things that are timeless, like Disney movies that get remade every ten years."

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3 months ago

Just a logical conclusion. Animation movies have a dark twist if you just think them through...

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Grapeling
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3 months ago

Slapped in the face by reality

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queen...<3
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3 months ago

I got really confused, but then I saw the trash can lol.

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3 months ago

Love is just a mushroom away!

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3 months ago

I expected a giant cat overlord to sit on top of it.

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3 months ago

A job that has to be done.

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ZANDA
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3 months ago

I love this

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3 months ago

Ouch

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Grapeling
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3 months ago

.. which is a secret ticket to an unknown society where the dad stored his true will...

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Rissie
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3 months ago

But. This is great advice. A generic strategy for finding information.

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lilly nyangweso
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3 months ago

oops

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3 months ago

Mom:...?

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3 months ago

Great one!

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3 months ago

Me, except I always poke a small bruise to check that it is, indeed, a bruise which is small.

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3 months ago

awww

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Grapeling
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3 months ago

*Immediately pinches self* nope not still dreaming

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Hans
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3 months ago

Why is the mission impossible theme playing in my head?

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Wreathy
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3 months ago

The paws....

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3 months ago

Wow, that escalated quickly. And evilly.

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3 months ago

Now let's hope one of you guys chokes on Maury!

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Sarah Panhorst
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3 months ago

aw :(

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3 months ago

For an additional twist, the artist should have added cleavage to the bone...

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White Raven
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3 months ago

Aww

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3 months ago

Finally.

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European other
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3 months ago

Literally haha

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JeffC
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3 months ago

This why ghosts are horrible at telling lies....we can see right through them haha!

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3 months ago

Not too far from reality, often.

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Herb Eaversmells
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3 months ago

Whats dark about this? I went to speech therapy for years as a kid and found the whole experience enjoyable. Its the only reason i speak without my horrible speech impediment I had

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Jster
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3 months ago

Bahahahahahahaha!

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3 months ago

Took me a minute

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This explains soooooo much lol!

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3 months ago

Makes about as much sense as Jaws: The Revenge

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3 months ago

You will survive until they bury you alive

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lilly nyangweso
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3 months ago

be more specific next time...wait there is no next time...oops

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3 months ago

That's all kinds of sad.

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SirPatTheCat
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3 months ago

“You may kiss the bride”.....”clonk”...”A round of applause for the newlyweds?”....”clonk clonkclonkclonk clonk”

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White Raven
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3 months ago

He made the right choice

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Hans
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3 months ago

I demand a fourth pane with a knot!

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3 months ago

Just the end of us :(

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3 months ago

i mean honestly, same

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Hans
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3 months ago

Ha ha!

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3 months ago

Santa likes the rich kids better, if you just think it through...

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Bored Phoenix
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3 months ago

Oh

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European other
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3 months ago

Yep, that's how it usually goes !

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European other
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3 months ago

Haha we have that book at work !

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3 months ago

Ah the darkest comic of them all

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3 months ago

I’m actually afraid to go to bed

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3 months ago

I'm never touching a snowflake again! (Or anything that relates to the sky for that matter)

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Hans
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3 months ago

This actually happened over here...but you can combine it with playing nurse afterwards...

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Bonny Saxon
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3 months ago

It's the details that get ya

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PyroKitty
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3 months ago

Giant man bursts into a random house, threatens your uncle with a pink umbrella, and tells you that you're a wizard. Seems legit.

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3 months ago

Alternative

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Grapeling
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3 months ago

No, it's- wait it's actually a plane!!

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3 months ago

#goodstory

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3 months ago

True art takes sacrifices.

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JeffC
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3 months ago

What he gets for assuming hahahaha!

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3 months ago

oh my...

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3 months ago

>:(

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Catlady6000
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3 months ago

Took a minute. Good one!

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Jeff
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3 months ago

Oof

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3 months ago

We knew it!

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Rebecah Ozuna
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3 months ago

Godzilla!

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S.
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3 months ago

But, how does Ariel decide which ones are her friends and which ones are her bra?

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3 months ago

Hell Inc., I guess.

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White Raven
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3 months ago

How is she talking?

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3 months ago

Dang, how big are these aliens?

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Link
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3 months ago

NGL, I'd actually want that Pokemon.

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3 months ago

Mean friend!

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